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Melania Trump 'should know better' than attack former aide's book


Melania Trump should ‘know better’ than to attack her former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff because she still has ‘major dirt’ on the entire Trump family, an insider exclusively told DailyMail.com.

The first lady published a scathing blog post last Friday reacting to the ‘salacious claims’ her former best friend made in her book Melania & Me, a memoir of Wolkoff’s time working on Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration and in the East Wing.

Wolkoff also released bombshell audio tapes of intimate conversations with Melania, sparking a media storm when the 50-year-old quipped ‘give me a f***ing break’ about separating migrant children from their mothers at the border. 

Melania said it was a ‘book of idle gossip trying to distort my character’ and claimed the former Vogue staffer ‘hardly knew’ her and ‘clung’ to her after Donald Trump won the presidency. 

But a source close to Wolkoff laughed off Melania’s statement to DailyMail.com, saying it was an attempt to save face.

They said: ‘Stephanie finds Melania’s statement amusing considering she rarely comes out and says anything, so clearly she was desperate to defend her image and her Be Best initiative.’ 

The insider added: ‘Melania should know better than to attack Stephanie who still has major dirt on her and the entire Trump family.’

In a statement to DailyMail.com, the first lady’s chief of staff said: ‘We can all see Ms. Wolkoff is desperate to stay relevant. No one cares about this woman or her book, she’s a fraud.’

Melania Trump should 'know better' than to attack her former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff because she still has 'major dirt' on the entire Trump family, an insider exclusively told DailyMail.com

Melania Trump should ‘know better’ than to attack her former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff because she still has ‘major dirt’ on the entire Trump family, an insider exclusively told DailyMail.com

The first lady published a scathing blog post last Friday reacting to the 'salacious claims' her former best friend made in her book Melania & Me, a memoir of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's time working on Donald Trump's January 2017 inauguration and in the East Wing. Pictured: Melania, Trump and Wolkoff  at an event

The first lady published a scathing blog post last Friday reacting to the ‘salacious claims’ her former best friend made in her book Melania & Me, a memoir of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s time working on Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration and in the East Wing. Pictured: Melania, Trump and Wolkoff  at an event 

They continued: ‘Stephanie knows all too well that Melania’s statement wasn’t about helping the children, it was about saving face because her intelligence and her Be Best initiative was questioned in the memoir.’

‘If Melania was really concerned about the children she wouldn’t be wasting her time on trying to sue Stephanie or explain their relationship away by claiming they hardly knew each other. What a joke. 

‘Everything about the statement is hypocritical like saying that Stephanie is an opportunist. Why did Melania marry the Donald? It wasn’t for his tender heart or good looks.’

They suggested it was a clear attempt from Melania’s team to do damage control, saying: ‘Stephanie knows Melania well enough to know that she would never use the word salacious, let alone know how to spell it.’

Melania said it was a 'book of idle gossip trying to distort my character' and claimed the former Vogue staffer 'hardly knew' her and 'clung' to her

Melania said it was a ‘book of idle gossip trying to distort my character’ and claimed the former Vogue staffer ‘hardly knew’ her and ‘clung’ to her

‘And she’s not about to keep quiet or be intimidated by her former bestie who once told her that she was her only true friend.’

Last week, Wolkoff said in a statement that she was puzzled why Melania ‘hardly knew me.’  

She wrote: ‘I find it puzzling that the First Lady of the United States asked someone she “hardly knew” to attend her nuptials, join her for countless lunches, help plan the presidential inauguration, stay over at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, and act as her senior adviser.

‘I wrote this book to share with the public my experience of working with Melania, our fifteen-year-friendship, and her ultimate betrayal. This portrait is not all flattering but it’s the truth and Americans deserve the true about the occupants of the White House.’

Wolkoff’s book – the first to come from a former member of Melania’s inner circle – painted an unflattering portrait of the first lady. 

The essay, posted on the official White House website, marked the first time Melania Trump commented on the book and the tapes, which also revealed the first lady making disparaging remarks about immigrant children being separated from their parents. 

Melania claimed the conversations that Wolkoff recorded only had portions that were designed to make her look bad. In one excerpt, Melania is heard complaining ‘who gives a f*** about Christmas stuff’ while talking about planning the holiday decorations for the White House.

The essay, posted on the official White House website, marked the first time Melania Trump commented on the book and the tapes, which also revealed the first lady making disparaging remarks about immigrant children being separated from their parents

The essay, posted on the official White House website, marked the first time Melania Trump commented on the book and the tapes, which also revealed the first lady making disparaging remarks about immigrant children being separated from their parents

She blasted Wolkoff as someone who ‘secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character.’

In the nearly 500 word post, Melania touted her Be Best work – which promotes well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse – and then went on to attack her former friend. 

She did not mention Wolkoff by name but her meaning was clear. 

Information that could be helpful to children is lost in the noise made by self-serving adults,’ Melania wrote. 

‘I have most recently found this to be the case as major news outlets eagerly covered salacious claims made by a former contractor who advised my office. A person who said she “made me” even though she hardly knew me, and someone who clung to me after my husband won the Presidency.’

‘This is a woman who secretly recorded our phone calls, releasing portions from me that were out of context, then wrote a book of idle gossip trying to distort my character. 

‘Her “memoir” included blaming me for her ailing health from an accident she had long ago, and for bad news coverage that she brought upon herself and others. Never once looking within at her own dishonest behavior and all in an attempt to be relevant. These kinds of people only care about their personal agenda- not about helping others,’ she added.

‘To push forward a personal agenda that attempts to defame my office and the efforts of my team, only takes away from our work to help children,’ she concluded.

Her push back comes as she recently had to postpone a trip due to a lingering cough from her battle with COVID.

Her push back comes as she recently had to postpone a trip due to a lingering cough from her battle with COVID. The first lady has not been seen in public since the White House announced more than two weeks ago she and President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus

Last week, Wolkoff said in a statement that she was puzzled why Melania Trump 'hardly knew me

Last week, Wolkoff said in a statement that she was puzzled why Melania Trump ‘hardly knew me

The insider said: ‘Stephanie finds Melania’s statement amusing considering she rarely comes out and says anything, so clearly she was desperate to defend her image and her Be Best initiative. Melania should know better than to attack Stephanie who still has major dirt on her and the entire Trump family.' Pictured: Wolkoff and her husband with Melania and Trump in 2008

The insider said: ‘Stephanie finds Melania’s statement amusing considering she rarely comes out and says anything, so clearly she was desperate to defend her image and her Be Best initiative. Melania should know better than to attack Stephanie who still has major dirt on her and the entire Trump family.’ Pictured: Wolkoff and her husband with Melania and Trump in 2008

The first lady has not been seen in public since the White House announced more than two weeks ago she and President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Bill Barr’s Justice Department has sued Wolkoff, accusing her of breaking a nondisclosure agreement with her tell-all book about the first lady.

DoJ lawyers asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to put the profits from ‘Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,’ which has been on the best-seller list, in a government trust.

The government lawyers argue Wolkoff failed to submit to the government a draft of her book for review. Wolkoff signed the agreement when she worked as an unpaid adviser in the East Wing during the early days of the Trump administration.

‘The United States seeks to hold Ms. Wolkoff to her contractual and fiduciary obligations and to ensure that she is not unjustly enriched by her breach of the duties she freely assumed when she served as an adviser to the first lady,’ the complaint said.

The NDA had ‘no termination date,’ the complaint states.

Wolkoff, in a statement to DailyMail.com, said she fulfilled the terms of her NDA and accused the Trumps of using the government in a ‘blatant abuse’ of power to ‘pursue their own personal interests.’

‘The president and first lady’s use of the US Department of Justice to silence me is a violation of my first amendment rights and a blatant abuse of the government to pursue their own personal interests and goals,’ she said.

‘I fulfilled all of the terms of the Gratuitous Service Agreement and the confidentiality provisions ended when the White House terminated the agreement,’ she said.

Wolkoff said her book was her way of exercising ‘my right to free expression.’

‘I will not be deterred by these bullying tactics,’ she concluded.

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